Five Characters I’d Like to Check In With

Posted April 7, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Literary Lists / 22 Comments

Five Characters I'd Like to Check In With

Because sometimes you finish a book but you aren’t finished with the characters, here are five* characters I would like to check in with:

(Warning: Vague spoilers ahead.)Five Characters I'd Like to Check In With

1. Naoko from A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I loved getting to know Nao through her diary, and I really want to know what she did with her life after she finished writing it. What does her life look like when Ruth finds the diary on the beach?

2. Nick, Amy, and their kid from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I thought this book’s dark, twisty shocker of an ending was perfect — but I’m dying to know what growing up in the Dunn household will be like for Nick and Amy’s child. Let’s check back in 15 years.

3. Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The ambiguous ending of this book is part of why I love it, but I still want to know what really happened to Offred!

4. Peggy Hillcoat from Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller. When the novel ends, Peggy has only recently returned home from her years in the wilderness, and she’s still pretty raw. She has a hard road ahead of her, and I’d like to see how she’s doing a few years down the line.

5. Ava Bigtree from Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. I could really have used the Socratic Salon when I read this book three years ago. So many feels! The ending tied things up nicely — at least for the moment — but I’d love to see how things work out for Ava in the long run.

*I know this was supposed to be Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m a rebel, so five it is!

What characters would you like to revisit?

  • Oooh -Nick and Amy is a great one. I skipped this list b/c I couldn’t think of anywhere close to ten characters!! I think I was being lazy…

  • I felt much the same about Peggy. She had a whole lot of healing in front of her.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Oh my goodness, I’m scared to think what we might find in the Dunn household in 15 years!!

  • I forgot about Nick and Amy! Yes, I’d love to see what that mess turned into as parents. Pretty much any character from Gillian Flynn’s books!

  • Wesley

    Offred! Oh, I wish we had some answers! I’m so curious about Ava too…

  • Words for Worms

    OFFRED! Yesssssssssss! And Nick and Amy. Holy mackerel, those two!

  • I’d also be curious to check in on Naoko and what happened to her after events of the book…Didn’t think of her when I was putting my list together this week xD Great list!

  • I don’t remember the end of Handmaid’s Tale, it’s been so long since I read it! haven’t read the rest of these picks.

  • Amy Sachs

    I want to check in with Nao SO BADLY! Maybe more so than Nick and Amy, but it’s pretty close.

  • I agree with all of these (well, of the books that I’ve read)! It’s so wonderful to read books with characters that stay with you for so long, eh?

  • Oh, these are such good choices. Definitely Peggy from Our Endless Numbered Days, wow.
    I’d like to check in with Ladydi from Prayers for the Stolen.

  • Big fat yes to Nao and Offred!!

  • I’d definitely like to revisit Harry, Hermione and Ron. 🙂

  • YES, Peggy! I want to know what happened to her.

  • Yes to all of these holy shit. Nao, Peggy, and Ava are such fascinating characters and I haaaaate that I don’t know what comes next for them. I didn’t do this TTT, because I really like standalone novels and any sequels to these would probably be troubling. But, at the same time, I need ANSWERS.

    • I wouldn’t want to read any sequels, but I would love for the authors to just tell me what happens to them later 😛

  • Seriously, what happend to NAO!? And PEGGY?! Not knowing kills me.

    • I don’t know if you saw, but Claire Fuller visited the Socratic Salon discussion and gave some of her thoughts!